Nnamdi Asomugha Really Was Good Once Upon a Time

When I hear the name “Nnamdi Asomugha” I immediately think of the word “sucks”. They go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Which got me thinking–maybe we’re a bit too hard on the guy. I mean, really. Think about all of the great plays he made as an Eagle, like the time, you know, when, uh…and then there was that one where…

You get the idea.

Frankly, Asomugha was nothing short of an embarrassment in Philadelphia, surely securing a legacy as one of the worst free agent additions in team history. But Asomugha’s failure was about so much more than his incredible inability to defend the pass or run, his signing and subsequent failures were symbolic of the entire franchise’s fall from the elite to doormats of the NFC East.

The restructuring of the front office, the firing of Andy Reid, and realization of a terribly flawed scheme were each intimately connected to the failings of Asomugha, which is what makes it so stunning that he was, in fact, a terrific player once upon a time.

Here’s Asomugha, rated the 18th best player in all of professional football prior to the 2011 season, demonstrating the skills and play that Eagles fans never saw.

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